Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Farbenmix ODA, is new in the shop. It is a round collared dress with a vintage flair.
Farbenmix is starting to offer patterns that include options for both slim children and more statuesque children and Oda is one of these patterns.
I have one child of each, so I really appreciate that I do not have to modify a pattern to fit both Romy and Ella!
Romy was at home when the new patterns arrived and she wanted an Oda dress right away. I of course do not have the time to sit down and sew the instant she demands a new dress but tomorrow she will go and watch a play with her preschool class (the emperors new clothes) and for the occasion I did make her one finally.
Luckily, Romy also agreed to model for me again and did so well. As soon as she was done she said:"OK! Were is the candy!" She totally knows what she wants :0)
I used this lovely Stenzo fabric and a bit of this ribbon. The dress came together very easily and is definitely a good choice for a beginner. And since it has such a great shape it grows with your child too. I can see Romy wearing this dress as a tunic over jeans later on.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
After watching me sew for a couple of years now, my children are definitely interested in learning how to sew on a sewing machine as well. Santa was lucky enough to snatch up a Janome Blossom sewing machine before it was discontinued. It is a very nice sewing machine for beginners. It doesn't wobble on the table, has simple stitch functions and is just the right size.
After practicing some, Ella finished her first real project today! With much concentration she managed to sew straight lines :)
Pulled a ribbon through the tunnel, et voila, her first drawstring bag!
Pretty good for her first attempt huh?! I think it is wonderful to see how when you are very excited about your hobby children often pick up on your excitement and the joy spreads.
I am curious to see how far they will go and hope to be able to teach them to love creating for the rest of their lives :)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
To make room for new fabrics from Westfalen in Germany I placed knits and wovens in the clearance section. Westfalen fabrics are truly of outstanding quality! I have garments made from Westfalen fabrics that are over 20 years old and still in great shape and color.
I priced the fabric below cost and there is only limited yardage left.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The width of your chosen fabric will make a big difference when you sew with European patterns when you try to gage how much fabric you will need to complete a project. Most European patterns use fabric with the width of 54" when they give you the amount needed to sew a project.
Therefore you will need more yardage if you chose fabric that is 45" wide. But how much more?
By the same token you would need less yardage if you work with a domestic pattern which used the 45' width as standard, if you use European fabric with a 54" width.
Good news :) The guessing is now over if you chose fabric with a smaller than 54" width, since Nancy made this very handy chart available to you. Thanks Nancy!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I had incredible fun though :)
The competition this round is huge again. So many pretty entries!! Therefore I would be so pleased if I got some votes my way! And guess what? If I should win I will definitely hold a giveaway for some yardage ;o)
To vote go here and click on the collage of entries. Thanks so much in advance!!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
International and Canadian customers will receive a 10% discount via paypal.
Also the clearance section is updated with great fabrics!
I will be back shortly with new sewing posts, giveaways and (I can't wait!!!) new inventory :)